With the growing popularity of YouTube and other video channels, learning how to make webisodes is a valuable skill that can be fun and, just maybe, profitable. It is incredibly easy to make webisodes and practice truly makes perfect. Learn the skills and keep at it until you get it right and yours might just be the next video to go viral.
To make a webisode, you will need:
- A recording device (A video camera that connects to the computer is ideal, but a web camera or similar recording device can also be used.)
- A computer that connects to the internet
- A cast of characters
- A script
Any props and costumes necessary for the script
- Write a script. Whether you are doing most of the work yourself or enlisting the help of others, you need a script before you can make a movie. Although some webisodes may make it look as though everything was thrown together and pulled off with no preparation, that is not the case. A clear script with stage directions and dialogue can help the actors know what's expected of them and will help the entire webisode process go more smoothly.
Get a cast. Unless your webisode is going to be a one-man show, you are going to need actors. Cash in favors, bribe your friends, or convince the people you know that they should help you. Make sure the people you choose are reliable and work well with others.
Get costumes and props. Although the webisode may not require much in the way of props and costumes, gathering these materials ahead of time will ensure you don't get halfway through filming before realizing you have forgotten something. Make sure every actor has the right clothes to wear and that any props you are using are kept in a safe place. Having backups of important things is a good idea, too.
- Start filming! It does not matter if you go in the order of the script, although it will help when it comes to editing. Do each scene separately and don't try to rush things. Do more than one take. Not only is it improbable, but it's not a good idea to try to get everything in one go. The more everyone practices, the better your webisode will be, so don't be afraid to keep going until it seems right.
- Start the editing process. Upload the movie into your computer and choose an editing program. Many computers come with free programs and there are a plethora available on the internet.
- Begin editing. Look at the webisode with a critical eye. What things can be cut? Should any scenes be moved around? Some editing programs allow you to insert special effects or filters. Play around with these until you are satisfied with the final product. This is a time-consuming but important step. Although it is not strictly necessary to edit a webisode, a good webisode will require editing.
- Upload your webisode. Select a video hosting website or upload it to your own, if you have one.
Tips & Warnings:
- Listen to people you trust. Once you get close to something, it's hard to use a critical eye. When it comes to filming or editing scenes, listen to advice others give. You may choose not to take it, but at least listen to it before deciding.
- Don't rush. The popular webisodes you see did not become that way overnight. Building a fan base takes time and so does making webisodes. Have a clear idea of where you're going and what you want. The rest will follow.
- If you are truly serious about making a websiode, invest in a good camera and good editing software. This will make your videos more professional and run more smoothly.